CBS4 Problem Solvers: Sun City Fair prices lowered

Sun City Fair

The people spoke and the Sun City Fair listened. Organizers have lowered the prices for the last week of the fair.

Some El Pasoans said they avoided the fair because it's just too expensive. On Sunday, CBS4 reported how attendance at the Sun City Fair is down nearly 60 percent from last year. We got a lot of comments and messages on Facebook from El Pasoans saying the reason they did not go back this year is because the prices are too high.

The company hosting the Sun City Fair, Universal Fairs, told CBS4 they had "no idea" why attendance is down by way more than half this time around. The company said it spent even more on advertising this year than it did in 2016. A great number of comments on Facebook and even a lot of people CBS4 met at the fair Sunday said they think the prices were unreasonable for the average El Paso family.

El Paso County charges $5 to get into Ascarate Park. Brian Ellsworth, with Universal Fairs, said they do not have control over the parking prices. “We want it to be free. We just have no say over that.,” Ellsworth said.

Ellsworth said they would lower the prices if that’s what the people want. “We want the people to come and enjoy themselves,” he said.

Weekend admission into the fair was originally $10 for anyone 13 or older and $5 for youth. Anyone age 4 and younger is free. Then, a wristband for unlimited rides was $25 per person.

Now admission is $5 Tuesday through Friday for all ages. Children 4 and under are still free.

Kids 12 and under will now get in free on the last weekend of the fair.

The biggest change came with the wristband for unlimited rides. Prices for that now range from $10 to $25.

The fair runs through Sunday, April 16.

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